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Study Program Fine Arts (code no. 606)

The program is designed to enable graduates to work independently in artistic and designing disciplines. Graduates are to apply the knowledge and skills they have acquired in all areas of artistic practice and to be able to bring these to other professional fields and societal domains as important creative potential.

The artistic and intellectual qualifications acquired help graduates to think along interdisciplinary lines, act strategically, and work as a team player. This way, the program teaches the capability to work in art, and to give concrete material and programmatic shape to ideas and concepts.

The curriculum focuses on the following in response to complex developments in technology and society, as well as to the idea of what it means to be a contemporary artist:

  • Development of discerning capabilities of perception and expression
  • Development of an independent world of artistic ideas and morphology
  • Ability to engage with oneʼs own work in a critical way
  • Understanding artistic and designing work as creative activities in artistic and societal contexts
  • Understanding designing work as a principle intrinsic to all areas of life
  • Knowing and understanding the mechanisms of the art world and the art market
  • Ability to apply artistic and designing techniques and production technologies
  • Ability to present and document oneʼs own work
  • Ability to convey artistic concerns and interests
  • Social skills

Study Program Art and Cultural Studies (code no. 607)

Art and Cultural Studies as a field of the Fine Arts program is primarily geared to students who would like to go in for theoretical education in addition to their practical work in the fine arts. The field of study offers students of the Fine Arts program an opportunity to deepen their knowledge of the links between theoretical and practical interests in art and science. Against the backdrop of a differentiated range of theoretical and practical information, this field of study conveys insights and sensitization to a societal and communicative field defined by following coordinates:

  • Acquiring an overview of the development of art, visual culture, and aesthetic theories
  • Understanding the connections between art, culture, and society
  • Familiarity with various issues and methods of artistic and cultural studies as well as natural sciences
  • Ability to do scientific research independently (writing texts relating to artistic and cultural studies) and adequate presentation of results (up-to-date conversion into appropriate media)
  • Ability to critically reflect upon and discuss oneʼs own and othersʼ works in the context of cultural developments
  • Insights into issues and problems of womenʼs and gender studies
  • Knowledge of fundamentals in respect of material and natural sciences

Entrance examination

Admission to the Academy requires an entrance examination conducted by a board of examiners. It is held once a year and consists of the following parts:

a) Presentation and survey of candidatesʼ portfolios with samples of visual art.

b) Art exam in the form of a test as proof of creative talents, completed by an interview.

Both parts of the entrance examination have to be completed successfully for a pass grade.